Dulquer Salmaan was born on 28 July 1986 as the younger son of actor Mammootty and Sulfath. He studied in Toch Public School, Kochi, Kerala, till primary classes, after which he joined Sishya School in Chennai. He received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, U.S. He married Chennai-based architect Amal Sufiya, on 22 December 2011. Dulquer’s paternal uncle Ebrahimkutty is a noted television and film actor. Ebrahimkutty’s son Maqbool Salmaan has also recently made his film debut.
It was director Shyamaprasad who first offered him a role in the film Ritu. Later, Tamil director N. Linguswamy also offered him a role in a film which would mark the director’s debut in Malayalam. But these were rejected by Dulquer because he felt he had to study the various aspects of cinema in detail before venturing further and for that did a short term course in film. In 2011, Dulquer signed his friend Srinath Rajendran’s debut project Second Show in which he played the role of a gangster. The film was made by a team of youngsters, all eager to explore the medium. Dulquer felt he would be more comfortable working with such a team than acting under any of those experienced directors. In fact, Dulquer’s mediocre launch surprised many even within the industry. When this question was thrown at Mammootty, he said, “I never got a premiere launch in cinema. During those struggling days, I was known as Mammootty, the son of Paanaparambil Ismail. It was only later that my father came to be known through me. Now, Dulquer is known as Mammootty’s son. If I am destined to be known as his father, let it be so.” The film Second Show released on February 3, 2012 with a good response from the audience and became a hit and run successfully for more than 100 days across Kerala. His second project was Ustad Hotel with director Anwar Rasheed. The film earned critical acclaim and was one of the major commercial successes in Malayalam cinema in the year 2012. It also had a 150-day run in theaters. His third film was Theevram, a crime thriller directed by Roopesh Peethambaran which released on 16 November 2012. The film as a whole garnered mixed reactions but earned rave reviews from all corners for Dulquer. Dulquer signed on to appear in Martin Prakkat’s ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi scheduled for release in 2013 as his fourth film. After this, he would start work on an untitled project with Sameer Thahir.
Dulquer Salmaan is also an established businessman. His first business venture was a web portal for trading cars. Now, he heads a successful dental business chain in Chennai and is also the director of Bangalore based Motherhood Hospital.